Program note: Open screening in Hot Springs this Saturday

March 29, 2011

The Hot Springs Documentary Institute is hosting a free “open screening” for area filmmakers on Saturday April 2. (Suggested donation is $5.)

Entries will be accepted from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the HSDFI offices, 821 Central Ave., Hot Springs and a selection of the films will be screened beginning at 7 p.m. in the Malco Theater next door. According to festival program director Dan Anderson, the films must be under 10 minutes long, and may be recently completed shorts, clips of work in progress or even “found” movies discovered in “thrift stores or grandma’s attic.”

Only the first 10 film submitted, on a first come-first served basis, will be screened and no entries will be accepted before 4 p.m. A panel comprised of Arkansas filmmaker Tim Jackson, Arkansas School of Math. Science and the Arts documentary instructor James Katowich and your nose cone monkey will comment on the films.

(We used to do these all the time for the HSDFF — one of my absolute favorie short films, Han Stiritz’s magical Before — sorry, no clip available — at one of these.)

Before the screening, beginning at 5:15 p.m., Jackson’s award-winning documentary Looking for Lurch will be shown, and Jackson will be on hand for a Q & A session.

For more information, contact the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute. The phone number is (501) 321-4747

1 Comment

  • Comment by Philip Martin — Mar 29,2011 at 6:53 pm

    It looks like Karen Martin, of and my Subaru’s shotgun seat, will also be joining us on the panel. Just like old times.

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